Journal of General Internal Medicine

, 21:357

Brief report: Trainee provider perceptions of group visits

Authors

    • Department of MedicineMedical University of South Carolina
  • Kathryn M. Magruder
    • Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical CenterMedical University of South Carolina
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesMedical University of South Carolina
    • Center for Health Care ResearchMedical University of South Carolina
  • Yan Lin
    • Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and EpidemiologyMedical University of South Carolina
  • Caroline K. Powell
    • Clinical Instructor Department of MedicineMedical University of South Carolina
  • Dawn E. Clancy
    • Department of MedicineMedical University of South Carolina
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00350.x

Cite this article as:
Davis, K.S., Magruder, K.M., Lin, Y. et al. J Gen Intern Med (2006) 21: 357. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00350.x

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of observing group visits on trainees’ perceptions of group visits as a method of health care delivery.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Thirty-two trainees assigned to month-long rotations at an academic Internal Medicine Primary Care Clinic serving underinsured patients were recruited to observe between 1 and 4 group visits. Prior to observation of their first, and subsequent to observation of their last group visit, each trainee completed the Patient-Physician Orientation Scale (PPOS), a validated survey evaluating their tendencies toward being patient-centered or provider-centered. Additionally, they completed a Group Visit Questionnaire (GVQ) evaluating their perceptions of group visits as a method of health care delivery.

RESULTS: Trainee gender, type, and level of training were similarly represented across the study population of trainees. While there were no significant differences noted on pre- and postobservation PPOS scores, the postobservation GVQs scores were significantly improved after observing at least one group visit (P<.0001).

CONCLUSION: Trainees’ perceptions of group visits as a method of health care delivery improved significantly after observation of at least 1 group as measured by the GVQ.

Key words

group visitshealth care delivery systemprovider perceptions

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